MeCETES End-of-Year Workshop

Members of the MeCETES Team, Academic Board and Associate Partners met in Oostende, Belgium, on March 17, 2014, for the MeCETES End-of-Year Workshop. The workshop, organised to coincide with the Oostende Film Festival, concludes the first year of the MeCETES project.

Members of the MeCETES Team, Advisory Board and Non-academic Partners meet in Oostende for the MeCETES End-of-Year WorkshopThe workshop gave the three partner institutions the chance to discuss their initial findings after a year of intense research activity. Ilse Schooneknaep from Vrije Universiteit Brussel evaluated whether the EU’s MEDIA programme’s support for distribution empowered the cross-border circulation of non-national European films. Huw Jones, of the University of York, examined the circulation of European films, before going on to discuss recent trends in UK-European co-productions.

Finally, the University of Copenhagen’s Ib Bondeberg presented data on the audience for historical TV drama in Denmark, while Eva Novrup Redvall discussed the factors behind the transnational success of the UK’s Downton Abbey.

The workshop concluded with a roundtable discussion on researching film and television audiences, which involved contributions from our academic advisers Daniel Biltereyst (Ghent University), Duncan Petrie (University of York), Hannah Andrews (University of York), Milly Buonanno (University of Roma “La Sapienza”), Philippe Meers (Universiteit Antwerpen) and Tim Bergfelder (University of Southampton), and from our associate partners Henning Camre (EU Think Tank), Ingolf Gabold (Eyeworks), Richard Paterson (British Film Institute) and Heidi Hermans (VRT).

The workshop preceded our industry conference on Making European Film and Television Drama, which involved representatives from the film and television industries in Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Norway and the UK. A conference report will be available on our website.